Tox Tuesday: Synthetic cathinones

As the drug crisis around the world deepens, some of the more difficult-to-deal-with substances of abuse are the manmade ones. In part, this is because synthetic, or “designer,” drugs can be incredibly potent, but also because their easily adaptable formulations make them tricky to legislate.

One of these types of drugs are synthetic cathinones, which […]

Tox Tuesday: Virginia’s synthetic drug and heroin problem

Spreading like wildfire from state to state, officials from Virginia are the latest to report an uptick in use of synthetic drugs including synthetic marijuana and other synthetic stimulants like bath salts and gravel. Gravel, also called flakka, has appeared in the state previously, but according to a recent article, is rearing its ugly head […]

Tox Tuesday: Florida’s flakka problem and other drug abuse issues

In an official report released by Trust for American’s Health, Florida now has the 11th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the U.S. with overdose deaths doubling between 1999 and 2010. Overdose deaths in the state now also exceed motor vehicle-related deaths and have led some officials to call the current situation in their state […]